Lima in two days

25 04 2010

Aren’t we lucky? Meeting people while travelling is natural but with Victoria and Fernando who picked us up at Uspallata it is something special. Fernando lives in Lima and invited us to stay at his place when we arrived from Caracas, Whow. Two days of perfect private guiding through the city of Lima, dining at special places, seeing the nice spots – thanks again, Fernando for two great days.

Scallops galore at the Hawaian restaurant, Lima

Like all the major cities in Peru Lima has a Plaza des Armas with catholic churches and monasteries built by the Spanish conquerors – Lima even has a museum for the Spanish Inquisition – then the way to convince anybody that the catholic God is the only one….

Plaza de Armas Lima

Besides that Lima is the city with the most water fountains we have ever seen, there is even a special park for illuminated water plays. Lima is also sort of food capital of Peru with various restaurants and tons of seefod and an own mixture of Chinese and Peruvian – called Chifa – which is still quite Chinese.
Best was a buffet at the “Hawaian” where you could eat as much as you can with nice conchas (scallops), sushi; all kinds of fish and meat and typical peruvain postres (desserts) which are really really sweet.
The Miraflores district we stayed in is close to the sea where hundreds of surfers are trying to catch the wave – only the water temperature is not really comfortable. Definitely below 20 degrees C.

Waveriding beach at Miraflores Lima, Peru

By the way – they now call it Mira Torres (see the towers instead of see the flowers) because of all the high buildings – but we found it still has its charme especially the beach front with a long stretched park wehere you meet runners, bmxers, skaters and a capoeira group (again) practising.
Fernando helped us getting a bus to Arequipa because LAN had not accepted our booking/payment for flight from Lima to AQP – Oltursa got us in a night drive of 14 hrs to Arequipa, the white city of Peru, surrounded by volcanoes.

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Pearl of the Carribean

22 04 2010








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To avoid the rainy season of Peru in march we decided to have a sort of holiday in between our travel program. Looking for a place where you could windsurf and surf – and have nice weather and warm water – we stranded at Isla de Margarita, belonging to Venezuela, 40 km north east from Caracas.

Let’s make 3 weeks short: We had a wonderful stay at the Villa Carribean Sunshine thanks to the heartily and personal care of Waltraud (you guessed it – she is german) who lives for 17 years on the island. She showed us the best cocada place and gave us all the tips for the best spots, restaurants and what to do and where to go. And we met Alonso through her, fisherman, diver, surfer  who delivered langustos, camarones  and fish fresh out of the water.

Nadine and Sammy paid us a visit (more on  www.carajitoplaya.blogspot.com, sorry, only in german) and also Natascha – so we all had a good time riding the waves and cruising the island with our Chevrolet – in this case a real Chevrolet Caprice, 6 cylinders and all the bells and whistles a 20 year old American car had to offer.

Thanks to Vicente we learned a lot about surfing and Capoeira. And Kim and Natascha had one of their worst muscle aches in years after their first lesson.

La Isla de Margarita is also called the pearl of the carribean – not because it is so shiny but because there were pearl banks which were looted by the Spaniards when they discovered South America. Now the Venezuelans are looting the alcohol contingents of the island while partying during the Semana santa which is more a unholy week. I have never seen before people standing waist deep in the water eating chips and drinking cuba libre with 80:20 rum and coke…

But what can you expect from a country where alcohol and petrol are the cheapest goods because they are tax free. One litre of 95 octane costs 1 Euro cent – Venezuela has the 4th biggest oil reservoirs of the globe, questions anyone?

The  controlled shortage of electricity of 2 hours daily and a strike on our departure day where one of the streets  to  the airport was blocked with burning tyres indicates that the country is not in best shape – to say it this way. If you want to know more about the situation you can watch this TV coverage from the german station NDR.

Okay, lets stay with the good points:

  • 27/27 – these are the temperatures of air and sea in Celsius, and this is 24/7.
  • The best cocada (a mixture of coconut milk, coconut flesh and ice) and therefore also superbe pina coladas we ever drank.
  • Fresh juices from every exotic fruit you can imagine.
  • Fresh seafood and sushi to reasonable prices.
  • Great waves for experts and beginners at the beaches Playa del Agua, Playa Parguito and Playa Guacuco.
  • Good constant wind at Playa El Yaque for windsurfing and kite surfing.